- an agricultural implement with spikelike teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc.
- to draw a harrow over (land).
- to disturb keenly or painfully; distress the mind, feelings, etc., of.
- to become broken up by harrowing, as soil.
Origin of harrow1
1250–1300; Middle English harwe; akin to Old Norse herfi harrow, Dutch hark rake, Greek krṓpion sickle
- to ravish; violate; despoil.
- harry(def 2).
- (of Christ) to descend into (hell) to free the righteous held captive.
Origin of harrow2
before 1000; Middle English harwen, herwen, Old English hergian to harry
- a borough of Greater London, in SE England.
- a boarding school for boys, founded in 1571 at Harrow-on-the-Hill, an urban district near London, England.
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Examples from the Web for harrow
And watching these two programs side by side makes one feel infinitely happier to have been expelled from Eton than from Harrow.Thank God I Was Kicked Out of Eton, Not Harrow
September 6, 2013
Bo Guagua went to two private boarding schools, Papplewick and Harrow, before going on to study at Balliol College, Oxford.Neil Heywood & China’s Bo Xilai Scandal: Drinker, Sailor, Fixer, Spy?
March 30, 2012
He wrote all those poems about his schoolboy days at Harrow.Rupert Everett Unleashed
April 6, 2009
Aylward, Johnston, let your men form a harrow on either side of the ridge.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
A harrow and a plough live there; they're sure to be at home on a day like this.The Incomplete Amorist
Keeper of the field, and played against Harrow the same year.Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
Note 18: Mr. Robinson was educated at Harrow, and was a contemporary of Mr. Sheridan.Beaux and Belles of England
Irpex, a harrow, so called from a fancied resemblance of its teeth to the teeth of a harrow.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- any of various implements used to level the ground, stir the soil, break up clods, destroy weeds, etc, in soil
- (tr) to draw a harrow over (land)
- (intr) (of soil) to become broken up through harrowing
- (tr) to distress; vex
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish harv, Swedish harf; related to Middle Dutch harke rake
- to plunder or ravish
- (of Christ) to descend into (hell) to rescue righteous souls
C13: variant of Old English hergian to harry
- a borough of NW Greater London; site of an English boys' public school founded in 1571 at Harrow-on-the-Hill, a part of this borough. Pop: 210 700 (2003 est). Area: 51 sq km (20 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for harrow
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